1954, 19 October: Born in Dudley.
1971: Joins Bolton.
1973: Makes Bolton debut.
1978: Wins Second Division title, his only playing honour.
1980: Joins Sunderland, plays 26 games, two goals.
1981: Joins Millwall for £95,000.
1983, June: Joins Tampa Bay Rowdies.
1983, September: Joins Coventry.
1984: Joins Huddersfield.
1985: Returns to Bolton.
1986: Joins Preston.
1989: Joins West Brom as player coach.
1992: Returns to Preston as player coach, later becoming caretaker manager.
1994: Appointed Blackpool manager.
1996: Returns to Sunderland as director of youth under Peter Reid.
1997: Takes over at Notts County.
1998: Notts County win Division Three.
1999: Relegated from Division Two.
1999 October: Appointed Bolton boss.
2001: Bolton win promotion to Premier League after beating Preston in play-off final.
2003: Bolton survive relegation on final day of season.
2004: Bolton beaten by Middlesbrough in Carling Cup final but finish eighth in Premier League.
2005: Bolton finish sixth in Premier League to qualify for UEFA Cup for first time.
2006: Loses out on England job to Steve McClaren.
2007, 29 April: Resigns as Bolton manager.
2007, 15 May: Appointed Newcastle manager on a three-year contract.
2007, 15 June: Named in Lord Stevens' report into Premier League transfers over a conflict of interest with his former agent son Craig and Bolton Wanderers.
2008, 9 January: Allardyce and Newcastle part company after a poor start to his St James' Park reign.
2008, December: Confirms his interest in Sunderland job after Roy Keane resigns as manager at Stadium of Light.
2008, 17 December: Appointed manager of Blackburn on a three-year contract.